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8th Grade: Platonic Solids

The  8th grade Main Lesson in October was The Geometry of Platonic Solids.  In their study of these polyhedra, the students learned how to precisely draw the nets (designs) to make these solids using paper, a compass and a straightedge.  With Ms. Crozier, they had the opportunity to work  in clay to transform from one solid shape to another; in handwork class, the students are also creating delicate paper mobiles with these forms.  For their Main Lesson books, they drew beautiful forms, and they learned about Buckminster Fuller and his use of the icosahedron to make the geodesic dome.  The artistry and care needed to complete these projects has provided the students with self-confidence and a true sense of the beauty of geometry.